How to Analyse a Film Scene / Film Career Advice #14

How to Analyse a Film Scene / Film Career Advice #14


Hey guys it’s Silvie the Raindance
intern here and today I’m gonna be giving you a series of things to watch
out for when you’re doing a sequence analysis. So sequence analysis might
sound like something you’d only do in an essay but essentially it’s just about
watching a film and trying to think like a filmmaker. So you’ll be watching a
movie and you see a cool scene you’re like wow that was really cool and since
you’re a filmmakers well you’ll be like wow how can I make films like that. So if
you know the essentials of analysing a film you’ll be able to break the scene
down and figure out how to do it yourself and incorporate it into your
own work. Here’s how we do it in the classroom. The first thing you want to look at which is probably the most obvious is
narrative. Where does the scene fit into the narrative arc of the film. You’re
gonna want to look at elements like transition, climax, or foreshadowing
because you know that every plot point has a purpose. So the second tip I’m
gonna give you has to do with photography and composition at the scene. So you want to look at what’s in the shot so anything to do with props,
setting, lighting, costumes, and where the actors are centered. You also want to
look at how everything is framed so what’s in focus, what’s in the frame,
what’s out of the frame, and depth of field. So the third thing you’re gonna
want to look at is editing. So what kind of transitions are made between shots
are they slow dissolved or sort of abrupt sequences, how does the editing
differ from the rest of the film in this particular scene. Just kind of watch out
for moments that particularly stand out. So the fourth thing to look out for or
to listen for is sound. So soundtrack dialogue, sound effects, and silence. These all add so much to the mood of the film and completely construct the filmmakers
idea of what the spectator is experiencing. One big question you can
ask yourself is what can you the spectator hear as opposed to what the
characters are hearing. This is called diegetic or extra
diegetic soundtrack. You can get an idea of what the filmmaker is trying to do in
terms of mood and storyline based on what the characters are experiencing. So
my fifth and final thing to watch out for is audience address. So how much does this scene in particular interact with cinema as a whole. Does it address or
subvert any common practices in filmmaking, does it break the fourth wall
in any way. Things like this tend to really elevate a film to cult status and
it probably justifies your choice for picking the scene in the first place. So
I hope these tips have helped you guys in some way either in making you a
better filmmaker or just a more informed film fanatic. Thanks for watching like
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